A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
After a week spent celebrating our fifth anniversary, we turn a little somber this week for some unknown reason(too much cake?). In fact, in our planning session(which involves the Foxes leaning over a table filled with maps and one of us wielding a stick to point at them), we nicknamed this as a grim week. That’s with one M, so nothing about fairy tales, which would be another kind of grim altogether.
But just because our offerings may be grim, they are no less interesting. We have short stories, a memoir and a post ripped from the headlines. And you can always leave a cheery comment to brighten things up.
Monday- Jackie peers at Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Sharer.
Tuesday- Kate reviews a historical memoir of the tortured invalid life of Henry James’s sister.
Thursday- Anne discovers a whole swathe of folks both literary and grim in Robin Black’s short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Friday- Leena is intrigued by a Finnish self-publishing scandal and wonders what it says about the moral responsibilities of fiction in the social media.
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The thrortnight of Alternative Publishing has reached Week 2, and we are revving it up. Four posts this week on authors and publishers who don't do it the usual way, but have pioneered new ways into print.
Monday 20th: Jackie looks at the options for self-publishing art books.
Wednesday 22nd: Kirsty D interviews reprint publisher Catherine Pope about her small independent press Victorian Secrets.
Thursday 23rd: one of the writers behind romance brand 'Marisa Hayworth' is candid about the pros and cons of collaborative writing.
Friday 25th: Kate talks to several publishers at once when she interviews the Book View Café publishing collective, founded by science fiction and fantasy writing legend Ursula Le Guin.